Equity Resources for educators

Celebrating the rich and diverse culture and contributions of the diverse population of Arab Americans, National Arab American Heritage Month has been observed during the month of April since 2017.


An estimated 3.7 million Americans have Arab roots, according to the Arab American Institute, with ancestries traced to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and others.


The population who identified as Arabic-speaking in the U.S. Census grew more than 42% between 2000 and 2017. The number of Georgians who claim an Arab ancestry more than doubled since the Census first measured ethnic origins in 1980, and is among the fastest growing Arab populations in the country. The Census Bureau estimates the GA statewide population is close to 57,254.* The largest number of new Arab immigrants to Georgia came from Iraq, Somalia, and Morocco.

30 Books for Arab-American Heratige Month

A Kid’s Guide to Arab American History by Yvonne Wakim Dennis

Each chapter focuses on a different group of Arab Americans including those of Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian, Iraqi, and Yemeni descent and features more than 50 fun activities that highlight their distinct arts, games, clothing, and food. Kids will love dancing the dabke, constructing a derbekke drum, playing a game of senet, making hummus, creating an arabesque design, and crafting an Egyptian-style cuff bracelet.

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.

My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin

Whether it is down the hall to visit their friends or to the mosque during Ramadan or on a flight of fancy on a rocket ship, Mina and her grandmother are never far apart.

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan

In simple rhyming text, a young Muslim girl guides the reader through the traditions and shapes of Islam.

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

Eid. The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims…Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the feelings may be summed up by another short and sweet word: joy.

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more.

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina’s fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.

The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox

Since Maha’s father is away fishing most of the time, there is no one to help or comfort her. All that begins to change when Maha finds a magical red fish. In return for sparing his life, the fish promises to help Maha whenever she calls him. On the night Maha is forbidden to attend a grand henna to celebrate the coming wedding of a wealthy merchant’s daughter, the fish is true to his word. His magic sets in motion a chain of events that reward Maha with great happiness, and a dainty golden sandal is the key to it all.

King For a Day by Rukhsana Khan

Even though he is confined to a wheelchair, a Pakistani boy tries to capture the most kites during Basant, the annual spring kite festival, and become “king” for the day. Includes an afterword about the Basant festival.

Muhammad by Demi

Introduces Muhammad and the basic tenets of the Islamic faith.

My Friend Suhana by Shaila Abdullah

While volunteering with her mother at a community center, a seven-year-old girl befriends Suhana, also seven, whose cerebral palsy makes it difficult for her to communicate or control her movements. Includes facts about cerebral palsy.

My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin

When Bilal and his sister transfer to a school where they are the only Muslims, they must learn how to fit in while staying true to their beliefs and heritage.

The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter

A biography of architect Zaha Hadid, who grew up in Baghdad and went on to design buildings all over the world.

Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper

Walking to her grandmother’s home to help make warak enab (Lebanese stuffed grape leaves), Lina discovers many ways to hear snow, from the scrape of a shovel on a sidewalk to the quiet pats of snowman-building.

Salma the Syrian Chef by Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Newcomer Salma and friends cook up a heartwarming dish to cheer up Mama. All Salma wants is to make her mama smile again. Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria, Mama always seems busy or sad. A homemade Syrian meal might cheer her up, but Salma doesn’t know the recipe, or what to call the vegetables in English, or where to find the right spices! Luckily, the staff and other newcomers at the Welcome Center are happy to lend a hand–and a sprinkle of sumac. Salma brings her new friends together to show Mama that even though things aren’t perfect, there is cause for hope and celebration.

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj

Fifth-grader Farah Hajjar and her best friend Allie Liu are hoping to go to the Magnet Academy for their middle school years, instead of Harbortown Elementary/Middle School; but when a new girl Dana Denver starts tormenting Farah and her younger brother, Samir, she decides she can not leave Samir to face the bully alone, especially since the adults and even Allie do not seem to be taking the matter seriously–so Farah comes up with a plan, one which involves lying to those closest to her.

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane

An Arab girl of the Sahara who wants to wear a malafa, the veiled dress worn by her mother and older sister, learns that the garment represents beauty, mystery, tradition, belonging, and faith.

Yara’s Spring by Jamal Saeed

Growing up in East Aleppo, Yara’s childhood has long been shadowed by the coming revolution. But when the Arab Spring finally arrives at Yara’s doorstep, it is worse than even her Nana imagined: sudden, violent, and deadly. When rescuers dig Yara out from under the rubble that was once her family’s home, she emerges to a changed world. Her parents and Nana are gone, and her brother, Saad, can’t speak – struck silent by everything he’s seen. Now, with her friend Shireen and Shireen’s charismatic brother, Ali, Yara must try to find a way to safety. With danger around every corner, Yara is pushed to her limits as she discovers how far she’ll go for her loved ones – and for a chance for freedom.

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat

In this powerful, groundbreaking memoir, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war.

My Father’s Shop by Satomi Ichikawa

Come visit Mustafa in his favorite place in all of Morocco–his father’s shop. Here amongst the beauriful rugs, is an entire world of colors, textiles, and languages.

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative’s home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.

Rimonah of the Flashing Sword: A North African Tale by Eric A. Kimmel

Rimonah was born with skin as dark as a pomegranate’s peel and a voice as sweet as a pomegranate’s juice, and she was the fairest in all the land. She never knew a moment’s sorrow until the day her mother, the queen, died. Soon after, a cunning sorceress tricked the king into marrying her, and then, seething with jealousy, she plotted to kill Rimonah. But as Rimonah grew to be a fearless horsewoman, her goodness and bravery saved her time and again from her evil stepmother’s malicious trickery.

Time To Pray by Maha Addasi

When young Yasmin goes for a visit, her grandmother teaches her a Muslim’s daily prayers, makes special prayer clothes, and gives a gift that will help Yasmin remember when to pray. Includes facts about prayer customs.

Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis

Afghan children, ranging in age from ten to seventeen speak candidly about their lives.

Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams

Yaffa and Fatima live on neighboring date farms. When very little rain leads to a poor harvest, both women go to extra measures to make sure that their neighbor doesn’t go hungry.

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting

While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students’ red apples.

The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil

The beautiful story of diversity follows a young girl named Kanzi whose most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one.

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan

As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Bilal and his father invite his friends to help make his favorite dish, daal, then all must wait patiently for it to be done.

Information shared by Ameila Copp E-Team leader at Glenwood.

Equity Resources & Professional Development


Our department is dedicated to supporting the development of teacher pedagogy and practice. This page provides information about our district-wide PD initiatives and shares a group of powerful resources that can aid any educator's journey toward making their classroom more equitable.

See below for the following resources:

    • lesson plans, curriculum guides, video links, fellowship/grant information, book suggestions, websites/blogs/podcasts, and articles.


Take your time to engage with the drop-down menus below, contact our Equity Director, Dr. Banks, if you have any questions, and keep coming back! New resources will be added regularly.

Foundational district resources

It's Not an Achievement Gap - It's an Education Debt

Are you wondering why we are always talking about the education debt that CSD owes to our marginalized students? The philosophy comes from Gloria Ladson Billings - a simply phenomenal scholar who first coined the phrase. Learn more about the incorrect way we have defined the insistent achievement and discipline separations between the races of students in our classrooms.


Courageous Conversations About Race
The District has embarked on a multi-year professional development program for the entire system. From students to administrators and Board members our anti-racism work is being guided by the Pacific Education Group (PEG). Pacific Educational Group’s (PEG) theory of change states, Courageous conversation precedes courageous action, and courageous action leads to racial equity transformation in our district, resulting in the elimination of racial achievement disparities (Singleton, 2014). For more information about CCAR, click the link below.
https://courageousconversation.com/about/


CSD's "Do 4" Culturally Responsive Education Framework

The Do 4 framework is a research-based compilation of best practices from multiple frameworks. The bibliography at the end of the document shares the primary work upon which the framework is based.

The framework has 4 quadrants. Each quadrant is further unpacked through four choices that educators, who are striving to employ a culturally relevant praxis, will intentionally make.

  • Quad One - Do for Self

  • Quad Two - Do for Students

  • Quad Three - Do for Curriculum and Assessment

  • Quad Four - Do for Instruction

In the Do 4 Framework, Intentionality is key - educators must make intentional choices and do intentional work to be (or become) effective educators for all students.

Although they have been working to develop the personal "Do for Self" component of the framework over the past three years - School-Based personnel will begin to engage in Do 4 staff development courses and discuss the application of theory to practice starting Fall 2021.

The Do 4 CRE Framework


Culturally-Responsive Teaching & The Brain
Culturally responsive pedagogy can be a game-changer in a school’s pursuit of educational equity, but. CRT is more than just a set of activities, social justice lessons, or kinesthetic learning strategies. CSD educators studying CRT are building the capacity to discover the critical connections between student learning, culturally responsive practices, and neuroscience - thereby allowing them to customize CRT strategies, identify current mindsets that need to change in classrooms or schools, and practice Hammond's Ready for Rigor framework. for more information about CRT & The Brain, click the link below.
https://crtandthebrain.com/about/


Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain Webinar

by Zaretta Hammond
Discover from Zaretta Hammond how to use culturally responsive teaching to re-ignite authentic student engagement and accelerate learning - 57 min. (Start @ 1:50)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2kzbH7ZWGg


Teaching Truth to Power: #TeachTruthSyllabus

Amid the tsunami of new laws attacking public school curricula, many include the admonition that teachers may not teach students that “the United States is fundamentally or irredeemably racist or sexist.”


Many of these new laws single out “critical race theory” and "The 1619 Project" as curricular bogeymen. However, whatever the particular terminology used in each state, many are united in their larger political goal: to rob children of access to a truthful, transparent, and inclusive past, an account of history that helps them fully see and understand their present.


Some hope to strip the classroom of its potential as a powerful democratic space, where students learn to see themselves not only as individuals, but as part of history, with the capacity to question, challenge, build solidarity, and act to transform society.


We must not let them.


The Zinn Ed. Project offers us the #TeachTruth syllabus as a gesture of defiance and education.


Teachers Are Just As Likely To Be Racially Biased As Anyone Else
This Forbes article summarizes a study by researchers at Princeton and Tufts Universities, who found that teachers and non-teachers hold both implicit and explicit pro-White racial bias and that the differences between the two groups are ‘negligible'. Sorry yall, according to them, you are as biased as everyone else. It's imperative to think about and own that truth as we construct policies for our schools and classrooms.

Race & Equity Teaching Resources

Talking About Race

How Should I Talk About Race in my Mostly White Classroom?
This resource from the ADL provides guidance and considerations for how to engage in reflection and discussion on race and racism with white youth.


Stop Hiding in Your Classroom - It's Time to Talk About Race
As educators, we (sometimes unknowingly) step into roles of advocate, caretaker, guide, and even mother or father to students. Students pay attention to everything we say and do. They particularly pay attention to our silence. We may be uncomfortable talking about race, but we can no longer afford to be silent. We have chosen a profession, which—like parenting—requires that our comforts come second to those of children. Uncomfortable with this? This article from Teaching Tolerance will help you start the conversation.
https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2016/dont-say-nothing


Talking About Race

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has a wonderfully rich website with information to help you talk about race if you are an educator, parent or caregiver, or simply a person committed to equity. It's well worth the visit!


31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism & Resistance
https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance


NYT - 26 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students
Teachers traditionally turn to literature, history and current events to open up conversations about race, bias and identity, but it’s always helpful to have a bigger toolbox to tackle such important and difficult issues. That’s why the NYT pulled together these 26 short New York Times documentaries that range in time from 1 to 7 minutes and tackle issues of race, bias and identity.


To help teachers make the most of these films, they also provide several teaching ideas, related readings and student activities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/learning/lesson-plans/25-mini-films-for-exploring-race-bias-and-identity-with-students.html


Racial Equity, Anti-Racism, & Education

RACE: A Teacher's Guide

This serves as a teaching tool to assist educators in addressing race and human variation in the classroom. Biology, Social Studies or Social Sciences classes may benefit most from the content.

https://understandingrace.org/ForTeachers

PBS: A Matter of Race - Films and Teacher's Guide

In Matters of Race, PBS seeks to explore our separate, as well as shared, past and present. In these stories of our individual and collective lives, PBS presents people grappling with race and its meaning in American society. Through these various narratives, we begin to learn about our shared experiences. The films

challenge us to find a way to not just tolerate difference, but respect it. The teacher's guide helps us navigate this work in our classrooms.

https://www-tc.pbs.org/mattersofrace/pdf/teachers_guide.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/mattersofrace/index.shtml


The Learning Network: Resources for Teaching About Race & Racism With the New York Times

This highly regarded resource offers A curated collection of over 75 lesson plans, writing prompts, short films, and graphs relating to racism and racial justice.

https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning


A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America
By Ronald Takaki, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. 2012.
An adaptation for young readers of the classic multicultural history of the United States, A Different Mirror. A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.
http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/62404.htm


A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
By Ronald Takaki, 2008.
A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpq722mR6nE

Anti-Racist Book List for ALL Ages K - Adult!
A comprehensive 57-slide presentation that provides clickable links to hundreds of books.
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1CCj-ZY7zHPgeghMKmSD2i_4qUlBbmFy3WgwjN1pQRZQ/mobilepresent?fbclid=IwAR1yRw9p9jsiVViMDf2rjke6F1SaEpaFUvsLprI9LhkHDbYBBopQ5RpINiE&slide=id.g6d812da526_0_184


An Essay for Teachers Who Understand Racism Is Real
This Education Week essay is written by the brilliant UGA scholar, Betina Love. She says,

This essay is not to enumerate the recent murders of Black people by police, justify why protest and uprising are important for social change, or remind us why NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee. If you have missed those points, blamed victims, or proclaimed "All Lives Matter," this article is not for you, and you may want to ask yourself whether you should be teaching any children, especially Black children.


This article is for teachers who understand that racism is real, anti-Blackness is real, and state-sanctioned violence, which allows police to kill Black people with impunity, is real. It is for teachers who know change is necessary and want to understand exactly what kind of change we need as a country.


Cyber Racism: International Approaches to Anti-Racism Education
This Australia-based site, also known as International Approaches to Anti-Racism Education, includes classroom activities, a library of readings, and other resources on education equity. This particular page of the site addresses cyber racism. Or, racism that takes place online. The page provides case studies, research, and more information regarding racism in the virtual world.


Women in the Civil Rights Movement

An interactive timeline created by the National Women's History Museum starts in 1780 with the first legal fight for freedom in Massachusetts, where an enslaved woman named Elizabeth Freeman sued the Ashley family for her freedom in court, and moves throughout history until the Black Lives Matter movement initiated by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi in 2013.

Racial Trauma & Edcuation

Say Their Names!
An excellent and extensive toolkit from Chicago Public Schools that provides suggestions and strategies for educators and parents having conversations with young people in school and at home about race, racism, racial violence, understanding biases, and how to take action for racial justice. They begin by suggesting that you read the article above before diving in.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eNpj8hR7q_XZljgcC8XM5oZVUA72_h51HmNH0FCLO14/preview?pru=AAABcpZq-40*KuJYPwq9LTCgAjeNOohIjA#


Floyd, Chauvin, and Trauma in Communities of Color

The murder of George Floyd. The Derek Chauvin trial. The recent rise in bias and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

These are heavy, challenging times for us all, but particularly our communities of color.

Education Minnesota has compiled the following resources for educators and parents to help children and adolescents cope and process these and other traumatic events.


Teachers Address Chauvin's Guilty Verdict

NYT article that provides suggestions for discussion made by real teachers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/us/teachers-students-derek-chauvin-guilty-verdict-george-floyd.html


Education Week - Discussing the Derek Chauvin Trial in Class: How Teachers Are Doing It, and Why

https://www.edweek.org/leadership/discussing-the-derek-chauvin-trial-in-class-how-teachers-are-doing-it-and-why/2021/04


PBS News Hour Lesson Plan: How Derek Chauvin Trial Highlights the Trauma of Police Brutality

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/lesson-plan-how-the-derek-chauvin-trial-highlights-trauma-of-police-brutality/


RESOURCE PAGE: EMPOWERING EDUCATION ON RESISTANCE TO WHITE SUPREMACIST TERROR
Here, The Ida B. Wells Education Project provides a list of resources that support their Feb. 2021 workshop which addressed discussing White supremacist terror in the classroom. Topics covered are: Reconstruction, The Free Black Press, Protests, Political Organizing and the NAACP, Protests and Political Organizing Against Lynching, Artists Against Racial Violence, Teaching About Race Riots Race Massacres, Violence and the Civil Rights Resolution, Police Violence is White Supremacist Violence, and Fighting White Supremacy Today. This topic/these resources are not for the faint of heart, but, if you're ready, I mean really ready, this can be a transformative experience for your students - an entirely new way to examine and interrogate US history.

https://www.idabwellseducationproject.org/resource-page-resistance-to-white-supremacy

Equity & Education

20 (Self-)Critical Things I Will Do to Be a More Equitable Educator - by Paul Gorski
In this post, Gorski reflects upon the work teachers can personally do to be more equitable in- and outside the classroom.

Edutopia. org

This highly-recommended site offers a plethora of lesson plans and other valuable resources. It is part of the George Lucas Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Founded by innovative and award-winning filmmaker George Lucas in 1991, the foundation takes a strategic approach to improving K-12 education through two distinct areas of focus: Edutopia and Lucas Education Research.

https://www.edutopia.org/


Rethinking Schools
Rethinking Schools attempts to be both visionary and practical . . . practical, because for too long, teachers and parents have been preached at by theoreticians, far-removed from classrooms, who are long on jargon and short on specific examples. Most importantly, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race and believes that classrooms can be places of hope, where students and teachers gain glimpses of the kind of society we could live in, and where students learn the academic and critical skills needed to make that vision a reality.
https://www.rethinkingschools.org/


Southern Poverty Law Center: Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance)
Learning for Justice is a national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. The site includes activities, articles, fact sheets for students, and more.
https://www.learningforjustice.org/frameworks/social-justice-standards


The Zinn Education Project
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.
https://www.zinnedproject.org/


PBS - Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans
Here, PBS has pulled together resources to help educators teach students about peace, tolerance, war, patriotism, geography, and other related issues.
http://www.pbs.org/americaresponds/educators.html


Teaching Tolerance, Us Vs. Hate
#USvsHate is a program led by young people and the educators who work with them, and its goal is as simple as it is ambitious: to stand up against bigotry and create safe and welcoming schools for all.
https://www.tolerance.org/usvshate


Beyond Activism: Four Decades of Social Justice

A Film by Peter Hutchison and Asian Americans for Equality

Explores the growth of the Asian American civil rights movement, from its genesis at protests against discriminatory hiring practices and police brutality to the next stage of advocacy when the groups that were forged in the midst of these demonstrations evolved into community development organizations committed to social justice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ1Nu7fu30U&feature=youtu.be

Teaching About Holidays

PBS - Holiday Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans
Here, PBS provides a collection of resources (videos, games, brochures, etc.) regarding holidays. Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this site. Some resources are pretty rich, others, thin. Yet the information they provide is valuable nonetheless.

https://pba.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/holidays

The History Channel - Holidays
Here, the History Chanel provides video information about various holidays. Still not a really diverse presentation, but good information nonetheless and more diverse than the resource above.

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays


Teaching Juneteenth
This lesson plan examines the celebration marking a day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free—two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Lessons about Juneteenth should recognize the challenges that those who fight injustice have always faced, but they shouldn’t place a singular focus on the tragedy of enslavement. Students, particularly Black students, can find empowerment in a lesson celebrating culture, activism, and the humanity of a people.
https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/teaching-juneteenth


Holidays Celebrations in Many Cultures

This Site provides a listing of every multicultural holiday you can think of, with dates and descriptions.

https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/2021-diversity-holidays

Heritage Months

Diversity Best Practices has developed these resources to help your teams better understand the various U.S. Heritage Month celebrations. the site offers facts, resources, and best practices to support your heritage month celebrations.

https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/diversity-holidays-and-heritage-months

U. Mass Amherst: Heritage Months

See this awesome list of anti-racism resources from U.Mass Amherst including links to resources regarding Disability Awareness Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black Heritage/History Month, and Women's History Month. Additional commemorative monthly pages will be added throughout the year.


Veterans Day

Students can learn about the 442nd Battalion (Japanese Nisei soldiers and the most decorated regiment in US history) and Filipino American soldiers during WWII. Senator Daniel Inouye is a WWII vet (children's book), who lost his arm in combat, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and a legislator who fought for Civil Rights and LGBTQ rights.


K-2 Book Resource List for Ramadan, Holi, Lunar New Year, etc.

*I will note that teachers should not call Lunar New Year Chinese New Year unless they are speaking specifically of how it is celebrated by the Chinese diaspora. A common mistake made in 2021 in our schools that was corrected by parents.

https://airtable.com/shrFpwhS1ZE1By68A/tbllGn44UxvbOtfKc/viwztFmZi1UXEJ2du/recjegskAo5tpsHMY/fldznarUcOpTI8GWX/attHnzRpoVCrhRuZT

Disability & Education

Respectability.org

Ensuring children with disabilities receive the education and training they need to succeed is vitally important. Nationally, only 65 percent of students with disabilities graduate high school each year compared to 86 percent of students without disabilities. That means there is a 21-point gap in outcomes. Furthermore, only seven percent of students with disabilities graduate from college. As such, educators have a critical role to play in empowering more students with disabilities to succeed.


Teachers are important partners in the efforts to overcome bias, barriers and stigmas by promoting and implementing best practices in the classroom. Below you will find a website with myriad resources to teach students about disability and assist students with disabilities to succeed. You also will find recommended reading for both children and adults.

https://www.respectability.org/resources/education-resources-disability-issues/


How Teachers Can Help Students With Special Needs Navigate Distance Learning

Distance learning is challenging for many learners but can be even more challenging for students with learning, attention, or social-emotional needs.


As educators, we are tasked with an unprecedented challenge: Figuring out how to reach and teach diverse learners online. It’s not easy. But it’s critical for so many of our students. Even more so for students who already face challenges in their daily lives. The website below from Berkley provides tips for educators to boost their engagement and connection.

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_teachers_can_help_students_with_special_needs_navigate_distance_learning


Disability Social History Project
This site represents a movement by people with disabilities to reclaim their history and to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in the history of the world. Resources include a timeline and an index of related sites.


What is Disability Justice?

During the 2020-2021 school year, the Commission on Disability Equity worked to implement the principles of “disability justice” into their new leadership structure. The Commission has shifted away from treating disability as a single-issue concern, and towards a vision where they hope to engage in cross-movement solidarity in community-building and self-advocacy efforts.

https://code.as.ucsb.edu/what-is-disability-justice/


The 10 Principals of Disability Justice

By Patricia Berne, with the support of Aurora Levins Morales and David Langstaff, on behalf of Sins Invalid. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly: The Feminist Press. Volume 46, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2018

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bed3674f8370ad8c02efd9a/t/5f1f0783916d8a179c46126d/1595869064521/10_Principles_of_DJ-2ndEd.pdf


How to be an Ally to Disabled & Neurodiverse Folks in Activist & Academic Communities

Here are a few thoughtful ideas that the Blog Access Culture has compiled on how to be a better Ally to folks who have been left out of social and political movements/communities

https://accessculture.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/how-to-be-an-ally-to-disabled-neurodiverse-folks-in-activist-academic-communities/


Meltdown Bingo: Autistic Edition

Autistic personality and mother of an autistic child, S. M. Neumeier, shares the following with the greater community using a lighthearted, yet painful approach.

Because meltdowns (and what follows from them) are horrible, there should be a Meltdown Bingo… from an autistic perspective. I’m posting one here, as well as explanations for each square, so that [educators] can have a better idea of what a meltdown actually is and why treating it as something that an autistic person does to the people around them is a problem.

https://silencebreakingsound.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/meltdown-bingo-autistic-edition/


The Disability Visibility Project

Alice Wong's Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. They publish original essays, reports, and blog posts about ableism, intersectionality, culture, media, and politics from the perspective of disabled people. This is a good place to gather first-hand information from people living with disabilities.

https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/about/

Gender Spectrum, Transition, LGBTQ+ & Education

Facing Trans: Inclusion, Advocacy, and Empowerment Workbook, Guide, and Resource Packet

This resource packet by trans activist Jessica Pettitt was produced in 2009 and is not the "end all be all" resource concerning trans identities, trans students, or trans resources. In fact, it is a bit out of date due to progressive changes in society and in schools. Nevertheless, it provides some unique and excellent resources for older students that are still relevant today. Give it a look and you will find many things that support your work in the classroom.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17IHeNK1waRa8cdIrdHKdsA1rOFXWQdor/view?usp=sharing

Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools

This excellent resource from the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, NEA, and others provides many solid and plentiful resources for students of all ages, teachers, administrators, district personnel.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17upzdUymBbb9mr3jfaf4XvQ0YoAMaDwj/view?usp=sharing


The Genderbread Person

This resource provides a unique, visual, and memorable way to examine trans and transitioning identity.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PXmXpJPeezjTXUJBGm2Axg1Ur7nZUIRL/view?usp=sharing


LGBTQ+ - Visibility and Integration in Elementary Schools

While many LGBTQ-inclusive school supports begin in middle or high school, it is critical for elementary schools to establish a foundation of respect and understanding for all people. This GLSEN educator guide discusses ways in which teachers, administrators, and district leaders can implement best practices for inclusion, address questions and pushback, and implement curriculum, regarding GLBTQ+ individuals. The article at the following link also provides valuable resources.

https://www.glsen.org/blog/teaching-early-childhood-education-non-binary-trans-person


An Updated Glossary of LGBTQ+ Terms

McGill School Nurse Supplies keeps a curated list of LGBTQ+ terms. This may be helpful as we think about ways to be accepting and inclusive in our classrooms. Although many students aren't yet comfortable being open about their sexualities or gender identities, it is important to be prepared should you find yourself in a situation where a student has questions or needs support. One way to demonstrate inclusive behavior and make conversations easier and more comfortable is by using the right terms. Always listen for and respect a person’s self-identified terminology.

https://www.macgill.com/2021/08/09/promoting-diversity-and-inclusion-part-3-an-updated-glossary-of-lgbtq-terms/


The Gender Cool Project

The GenderCool Project is a youth-led movement introduced to the district by RMS students. The Project is 100% student-driven and its stated goal is, to bring positive change to the world. The Gender Cool Champions are students who are helping to replace misinformed opinions with positive experiences regarding transgender and non-binary youth.

https://gendercool.org/


Transgender Reading List for Adults

Questions about transgender issues, gender identity, and transitioning aren’t just for kids and young adults. Adults have plenty of questions about those issues, and several more besides: how best to help a child who’s questioning their gender, how to help a friend or family member in transition, how to be a good friend or ally, or how to navigate the many complex legal issues that surround being transgender. The answers to those, and many other, questions can be found in the books listed on the PFLAG website.

https://pflag.org/resource/transgender-reading-list-adults


Asian Education

Google Arts and Cultures: AAPI Cultures.

What a Wonderful, Rich, Deep, Resource!

Amid the myriad options for gathering information on the AAPI community lies this resource informed by such entities as The National Museum of Asian Art, The Chinese American Museum, and the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies. It provides videos, podcasts, art, poetry, personal narratives, and the list goes on and on! My only warning is that you will get caught up and spend your whole day scrolling! Please please PLEASE check it out! Start with the personal interview with Buford Highway Vietnamese Restaurant owner Hieu Pham.

https://artsandculture.google.com/project/aapi-cultures

Addressing Anti-Asian Violence and Bias

Amid the pandemic, Asian American people continue to experience racism, violence and harassment. These resources can help teachers discuss the historical precedents for this moment, introduce ways for students to recognize and speak up against coronavirus racism, and start conversations with even the youngest learners about recognizing and acting to address injustice.

Click here for a link to multiple resources.


After Atlanta: Teaching About Asian American Identity and History

One Learning For Justice award winner shares the conversation she started with students the day after the attacks in Atlanta and recommends resources anyone can use to teach about Asian American history and identity.

https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/after-atlanta-teaching-about-asian-american-identity-and-history

SAADA: The South Asian American Digital Archive

There are 4,150 unique items available online in SAADA. The database sponsors "invite[s] you to learn about a key part of American and global history and contribute to it." They have 4,150 items in the largest publicly accessible archive of South Asian American history, 130 original articles by scholars of South Asian America, and 117 - presentations and events, delivered and held at venues across the country.


A Lesson on the Japanese American Internment
Teaching Activity. By Mark Sweeting. Rethinking Schools.
How one teacher engaged his students in a critical examination of the language used in textbooks to describe the internment.
https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/lesson-on-the-japanese-american-internment


An Unnoticed Struggle: A Concise History of Asian American Civil Rights

A brief but fascinating and informative historical brochure produced by the Japanese American Citizens League.


After Atlanta: Teaching About Asian American Identity and History

One Learning For Justice award winner shares the conversation she started with students the day after the attacks in Atlanta and recommends resources anyone can use to teach about Asian American history and identity.

https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/after-atlanta-teaching-about-asian-american-identity-and-history


Podcast: Self-Evident

The authors launched Self Evident in 2019 with a goal to build serious infrastructure for audio storytellers and to enable them to tell stories that honor the everyday lives of Asian American people.

https://selfevidentshow.com/


Resource List: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago

This link accesses an extensive ECE resource list that Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago is working on for Illinois. It includes children's book recommendations and videos.

https://airtable.com/shrFpwhS1ZE1By68A/tbllGn44UxvbOtfKc


Kindergarten Cultural Identity Lesson: ‘Patka’ Sikh Youth Head Covering

Names and Sikh head covering. Food in culture - reading about different cuisines would be great, since many Asian cultures have deep roots in thousands of years of culinary arts. Some of my kids' teachers already did this. Teaching kids not to say, "yuck" but "that's not my taste" is an excellent tool.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DaEXbZt1xUedRFn1p53lOmTD2hoR0ejQHJZWSDl8mtI/edit


K-2 Lesson Plan: Naming & Personal Identity

The cultural identity importance of names and name-granting in Asian American cultures; Chinese names and how the placement of a name traces family history.

https://airtable.com/shrFpwhS1ZE1By68A/tbllGn44UxvbOtfKc/viwztFmZi1UXEJ2du/recvHpoe52KNvUE9e/fldznarUcOpTI8GWX/attzSNrPRVOkhQhjR

Black Education

No, You Should Not Be Teaching Black Children if You Reject Anti-Racism

This well-laid-out, informative article explains why it is SO important for teachers to be anti-racist and act as anti-racist allies. As Al-Mekki states, "We need anti-racist White teachers, co-strategists and laborers in this work who are open to being deeply self-reflective about how to be the most effective at teaching black and brown children".


My Reflection Matters (MRM)
This website offers online parent-teacher educational resources to support the healthy development of Black and Brown youths' racial and cultural identities.
http://www.myreflectionmatters.org/resources/?mc_cid=701c85b354&mc_eid=7306e23a60


Teaching Tolerance: Black Lives Matter
These resources can help you talk with students about the historical context and mission behind Black Lives Matter and work toward making your school a more affirming, safer space for Black students.
https://www.learningforjustice.org/the-moment/june-1-2020-black-lives-matter?utm_source=Teaching+Tolerance&utm_campaign=e43cd0cbc0-Newsletter+6-9-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a8cea027c3-e43cd0cbc0-83000435


The Abolitionist Teaching Network

This highly-recommended Network's mission is to develop and support those in the struggle for educational freedom utilizing the intellectual work and direct action of Abolitionists in many forms. Abolitionist Teachers believe that no Black, Brown, or Indigenous child is disposable. They believe we must embody the spirit of Black Lives Mattering, not just say Black Lives Matter. ATN awards grants to teachers who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their schools, communities, or both. This site is an invitation and location for Abolitionist Teachers to individually and collectively generate critical reflection and action.

https://abolitionistteachingnetwork.org/resources-for-agitators

Education and Criminalization: Do #BlackLivesMatter - in Schools?
This resource and reading list was curated by Dr. Subini Annamma who created it because she, "noticed that a lot of the lists are ignoring education, particularly k-12 education and the ways it reproduces anti-Blackness, white supremacy, and racism in schools to construct Black youth as criminals." As more and more is written about the ways society enacts anti-Blackness and white supremacy against Black youth, less addressed in many reading lists & syllabi is the role education plays in such outcomes. The goals of the multiple articles and research studies on this list are to highlight how schools (re)produce criminalization of Black youth.

Immigrant/Refugee Students & Education

SPLC - Protecting Immigrant Students’ Rights To A Public Education
Here you will find resources that can be used by families, advocates, educators, and school administrators to understand the responsibilities their schools and districts have to families. These resources can help you advocate for students facing language access or enrollment barriers in public elementary or secondary schools.

https://www.splcenter.org/plyler


What Is The Difference Between a Refugee, a Migrant, an Immigrant, and an Asylum Seeker? - by Kim Mack
This is a brief but informative article explaining the differences and reminding us that names have meaning.

https://preemptivelove.org/blog/difference-between-refugee-migrant-and-asylum-seeker/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=Croud_Google_US_BOF_Search_Non-Brand_Blog-DSA&utm_campaign_id=11608459376&utm_content=479536073227&utm_term=

Indigenous/Native Education

Blackhorse: Do You Prefer ‘Native American’ or ‘American Indian’? 6 Prominent Voices Respond

Indian Country Today journalist Amanda Blackhorse, Diné, speaks with prominent Native American voices about the discussion over the terms 'Native American' and 'American Indian.'

https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/blackhorse-do-you-prefer-native-american-or-american-indian-6-prominent-voices-respond

100 Ways to Support—Not Appropriate From—Native People

November is Native American Heritage Month, when the U.S. is supposed to celebrate our Indigenous Native, population and their contributions to the world. In recognition of the season, let’s start with 100 ways you and yours can be allies toward the Indigenous peoples of this continent.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/pa5a3m/how-to-be-an-ally-to-native-americans-indigenous-people


Indigenous Creators are Nurturing A Space on TikTok to Educate and Entertain

Students can learn from and enjoy multiple TikTok videos referenced in this PBS News Hour article.


“We have tons of examples of terrible representations,” Loyer (a content creator) said, specifically highlighting sports teams that use Indigenous names, people, and stereotypes as mascots. Loyer said this is one of the reasons Indigenous people producing their own culturally-accurate TikTok content is important for representation.


“The more that we get to see these little pockets of the world, aren’t we all better for it?” she added.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/how-indigenous-creators-are-nurturing-a-space-on-tiktok-to-educate-and-entertain

"Isms" & Education

Bodyism

What’s Wrong With Fat-Shaming?

Why the fat-shaming of overweight and obese children is so harmful. Discusses Georgia organization Strong4Life and its multimedia ad campaign aimed at drawing attention to childhood obesity.

https://everydayfeminism.com/2013/02/whats-wrong-with-fat-shaming/?upw


Jewish Education

YAD Vashem - Holocaust Video Toolbox
The Holocaust Education Video Toolbox is designed to help educators teach the Holocaust. The focus is on methodological and pedagogical suggestions that aid with this often daunting task, as well as practical materials and discussion points for classrooms and groups - hence the name, Video Toolbox.
https://www.yadvashem.org/education/educational-videos/video-toolbox.html


Jewish Questions

Jewish Questions is the University of Washington's Stroum Center for Jewish Studies’ podcast on issues that matter now in Jewish life, politics, history, and culture — from a scholarly perspective.

https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/jewish-questions-podcast-anti-semitism/


Cybary of the Holocaust
This online multimedia library of resources on the Holocaust includes photographs, a teacher’s guide, poetry, and myriad other diverse learning experiences for both teachers and students.

Latinx Education

Latina/o/x
Many student groups are changing their names to use "Latinx" instead of "Latino" and "Latina." The action is controversial, with detractors and supporters on both sides. While it successfully moves outside of a perceived gender binary - some Latinos feel that it's problematic in other ways.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/12/08/students-adopt-gender-nonspecific-term-latinx-be-more-inclusive

https://swarthmorephoenix.com/2015/11/19/the-argument-against-the-use-of-the-term-latinx/?sfw=pass1630508458


Latina/o/x Racial and Class Formations

CSD Parent Nicole Guidotti-Hernández has created a podcast that explains the difference between Hispanic, Latina/o, and Latinx. She also offers some historical context for the different racial and class formations that exist amongst Latinx populations in the US.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4RlWrhtUtq8aPlv0wzg9FV?si=FCPYHPi2QgexyyBfeWukow&dl_branch=1&nd=1&fbclid=IwAR21TExZC_QGuALCHjppBIhLO1o689BiW5j7TIGaukx4KzXfrSbGm3H9Jc8


DORA THE EXPLORER: CONSTRUCTING ‘‘LATINIDADES’’ AND THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL

CITIZENSHIP

Do you use Dora the Explorer to inform your work in the classroom? Reading this may help. It's an academic article and thus a bit jargony, but it's worth the read and written by a CSD Parent!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FHrdPR4X0Yjazn3K83X3XLJsibMq-7f9/view?usp=sharing


Make Us Visible GA

Suggestions on where to include Latinx and other marginalized histories K-5 are as follows

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PKPNvDiCme-wYrlRboTIQR2oSBg6SHSSe4aEu-zFSks/edit

Educational Equity in Content (Math, English, Science, Etc.)

Why English Class is Silencing Students of Color

Jamila Lyiscott - TEDxTheBenjaminSchoolViral TED speaker, spoken word poet, and social justice education scholar Dr. Jamila Lyiscott makes a powerful argument that to honor and legitimize all students, we must, likewise, legitimize and honor all of their varied forms of written and spoken discourse, practicing "Liberation Literacies" in the classroom. Jamila Lyiscott is currently a visiting assistant professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4dc1axRwE4

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy In Mathematics: A Critical Need

Shelly Jones – TEDxCCSUDr. Shelly M. Jones contributed to the text, The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: Beyond the Numbers and Toward a New Discourse, and is an Associate Professor at Central Connecticut State University. Here, she explains how Culturally Relevant Pedagogy works in the Math classroom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjLOuUhN6xY&t=239s


Math as Social Justice

Gina Cherkowski - TEDxRundleAcademyHave you ever considered math as a human rights issue? Have you ever considered what the label “stupid” can do to a student? In this heartfelt and hard-hitting talk, Dr. Gina Cherkowski talks about how traditional math classes only reach 20% of students thereby creating a population that can only be consumers, not creators. Dr. Cherkowski goes on to talk about how teachers can change this math drought by revisioning the math class so that everyone can learn math - 14min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVWA3Qg-Jow&t=203s


Odyssey Online

Designed for elementary and middle school students, Odyssey Online allows self-directed exploration of works of art in the museum's collections and the cultures that produced them.

https://carlos.emory.edu/teacher-resources

Becoming an Anti-Racist Music Educator

In this article, the author proposes some ways that music educators might become anti-racist.

She explores the ways that Whiteness manifests in music education and subsequently examines

actions music teachers might take to resist Whiteness. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I7sIsRqiD4SDhd4ec0HmnQKFj6jJeSfj/view?usp=sharing

Equity-Based Professional Development Information

The National Abolitionist Teaching Fellowship
This Fellowship offers middle and high school teachers the opportunity to work alongside youth in challenging traditional classroom environments. Abolitionist Fellows receive tailored coaching and curriculum development support which is geared towards improving outcomes for Black and Latinx students. Fellows can receive a stipend of up to $2,000 to use towards resources for decolonizing their classroom.


Educator Grants

Each year, the Abolitionist Teaching Network awards grants to educators who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their schools, communities, or both. Submission of applications usually starts in late September. Awards will be announced by early December.


Abolitionist Education: a teaching approach that centers on abolishing oppressive educational systems, while loving, protecting, remembering, and healing children of color and their communities


Early Care Educator Grants

Each year, the Abolitionist Teaching Network will award grants to early care and education providers who serve children birth through age five who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their child care, preschool, licensed family child care providers, other educational settings, and/or communities. ATN recognizes that these educators are underpaid and disproportionately Black and Brown. They are less likely to have funding for professional development from their programs. Submission of applications will start in late September. Awards will be announced by early December.


Hollaback!

Hollaback is an awesome nonprofit working to end harassment — in all its forms. They believe that everyone deserves the resources to respond to, prevent, and intervene in instances of harassment. Therefore, they provide both customized and free anti-harassment training experiences. They have some strong free training sessions scheduled for March-May 2021. Many of them speak specifically to Asian American discrimination. Check them out!

https://www.ihollaback.org/harassmenttraining/


Black Male Educators Talk
This is an AWESOME group dedicated to the support and brotherhood of Black male teachers. A one-of-a-kind affinity space designed and curated to affirm the expertise, lived experiences, identities, race, culture, communities of Black Male Educators. A place to connect with other BMEs, share collective knowledge, and just be affirmed by the fact that you are not doing this alone.

https://bmestalk.com/


This group also facilitates a lively, thought-provoking Twitter chat every Tuesday night throughout the school year, in which, their moderators hold space for BMEs to share their perspectives on the Black male experience and their roles in education.

#BMEsTalk


Too Cool for Middle School by Megan DuVarney Forbes

Middle school history and English teacher Megan DuVarney Forbes is a firm believer in ethics and justice, and her YouTube channel reflects that. She talks about why she wants to use her platform as an ability to inspire people and serve as a role model for doing good in the world, rather than being an influencer.

The content she shares is certainly aligned with this mission. Teachers can benefit from her tips and encouragement playlists, with topics ranging from creating teacher goals to what to consider before teaching about Rosa Parks.

Don't Just Read or Watch - Reflect and Act!

As you explore this resource page, here are some critical questions to simultaneously ponder about equity that will help you grow, process, and take action:

    • What does this have to do with me?

    • How could I explain these concepts to my students?

    • What emotions are conjured up as I read? What’s that about?

    • What can I change about my practice, curricula, relationships, policies?

    • How can I use this to center my teaching on my most marginalized students?

    • How do I take this past pontificating and theorizing?

    • How does this connect with previous things that I’ve learned?

    • How much more is there to learn?

    • Who can I share this with?

    • Can I form a racial affinity group?

    • How can I lead my colleagues in taking up this work?


This work is complicated and twisty and involves balancing a whole lot of stuff. But if things are going to change, if things six months from now are not going to look just like six months ago, then there is hard work to do.
-Peter Greene - Curmuducation:
Six Months from Now